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Granholm ‘optimistic’ on congressional passage of clean energy tax credits

Manchin said he supports clean energy tax credits, but he opposed expanding credits for electric vehicles.

But Granholm also indicated that updating the country’s mining regulations to help increase U.S. production of critical minerals — a top priority for West Virginia’s Manchin — could convince him to back electric vehicle incentives.

“We have to be accountable for how quickly we can license and what we need to do to do mining in the United States,” she said. “If we address these issues, I think he understands the importance of bringing down the price of electric vehicles because they are so much cheaper to drive [and] they are so much cheaper to maintain and own over the life of the vehicle.

The Energy Department recently released a funding announcement as part of the bipartisan infrastructure law for the processing of mining materials used to make batteries for electric vehicles.

“That part of things, if we’re able to put that in the ground, helps solve the problem that’s rightly on his mind,” she said of Manchin.

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